CORPUS CHRISTI (ISLANDERS ATHLETICS) - Down by one with two on and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Nick Anderson appeared to rope a bases clearing double down the left field line, only for it to be called foul. Two pitches later, Anderson laced a stand-up double in nearly the exact same spot to send the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team to a 3-2 series finale win over Central Arkansas on Sunday.
The Islanders (15-29, 7-14) shook up the lineup with Cam Boudreaux, Itchy Burts and Drake Osborn earning starts and combining for a trio of the six hits for the Blue and Green.
"I think the story might be how we played a couple of guys who haven't been in the groove," head coach Scott Malone said. "We started the rookie Drake Osborn, and he gave us a five good innings. Cam Boudreaux had an outstanding game, and then RJ Ruiz comes off the bench for a couple of good at-bats.
"A lot of credit to Lukas Hermanson for staying with the game and coming off the bench to win the game for us. For Nick, he was having a struggle weekend without a ton of hits. He battled through and thought he had the winning hit, but it was called foul. We thought on the bench that we've been here before. I'm proud how Nick was able to stay in and get the big hit for us."
Central Arkansas (24-20, 12-9) jumped out front in the first inning with a pair of runs. William Hancock singled down the left field line to plate Jansen McCurdy from second, before Brooks Balisterri drove in Hunter Strong on a single to left.
After the early offensive burst by the visitors, Islanders starting pitcher David Worrell, making his first start of the season, settled in and dismantled the Bears' order. The Helotes native retired 12 of the next 13 batters, before exiting after five innings of work. Worrell scattered four hits and struck out two while allowing two runs and one walk.
Korey Rasure came on in relief for the sixth to set up Chris Cooper (4-3) for the nine-out win. Cooper held UCA to one hit and fanned four with one walk. Central Arkansas managed just three hits against the Islanders pitching staff after the first inning.
Dawson Yates doubled down the left field line to open the sixth and came home on a Dalton Stark RBI groundout to short to cut the deficit to one.
Lukas Hermanson, who replaced Osborn in the sixth, singled to right center in his only at-bat, as Dustin Lacaze pinch ran for him. Cullen Jozwiak reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop, before Stark advanced the runner with a fly ball to right.
Chapman Field erupted with Anderson's first strike down the line, but wind went out of the stadium when foul was called. The sophomore avoided an inside pitch that narrowly missed his elbow to even the count at 2-2. Central Arkansas closer Ty Tice's offering that Anderson drilled into the left field corner to plate the winning runs.
UCA starter Mark Moyer gave up three hits and one earned run in six innings with two walks and two strikeouts, but Tice (2-2) took the loss for his final two innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits.
The Islanders travel to UTRGV for the South Texas Showdown, presented by NavyArmy Community Credit Union, on Tuesday, before a road swing up to McNeese this weekend.
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